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Old Nov 28, 2009, 12:37 PM   #1
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I would like to convert lots (about 25 years worth) of 35mm slides to digital format that I can eventually put on dvds. I have a MacBook Pro running Mac OSX, and will probably upgrade to Snow Leopard. Do you have suggestions for the best way to do this with the highest quality finished product?
Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 12:35 PM   #2
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If you have a half decent digital camera, I suggest you get or make a slide copier. Just a tube with a piece of white plastic on the end. Between the white plastic and the camera lens goes your slides. You just point them at the sky and shoot away. Its a fast efficient way to make slide copies. Here are a couple of sites I think are pretty good. You can alter the specs to suit your needs. With my little fuji S5700 I use CloseUp filters. This allows the slide to be much closer.
http://www.kennewcombe.com/slide%20copier.html
Here is a review of a $40 slide copier attachment.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/happenstance.html
This site shows comparison between different methods to copy slides.
http://www.andromeda.com/people/ddye...-transfer.html
This will show you another kind of slide copier to build and its use in action.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbK5ehT_CUA&NR=1
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Thanks, Bynx, for your suggestions. I'll explore the web sites you listed in more detail when I have a bit more time. Then I'll try copying some slides with my camera, maybe using the super macro feature.
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Also a suggestion. Clean each slide before you shoot it. A piece of lint looks like a huge rope when in the computer. A can of air is good. If you see a fingerprint that should be wiped off. It will save a lot of photoshop time in the end.
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